The Rainbow Family Project

Baltimore Community comes together around The Rainbow Family Project

The call came from Heather and Jody, active community members here in Baltimore. They had the idea to show solidarity and support for our extended community in Ashkelon, Israel.  Ashkelon, our sister city, has been under significant rocket fire since the recent escalation of hostilities in Israel. Teen volunteers have been doing their best to engage children, who have been taking refuge in city-wide bomb shelters, to try and ease their anxiety and tension. Both women thought to have their children and their friends get together, donate a Rainbow Loom - or new packages of Rainbow Loom rubber bands.  Rainbow Loom is a popular arts and crafts project for children throughout the U.S., which seems to be catching on in Israel as well.

On Sunday, July 20 the Rainbow Loom Family Project was hosted at Krieger Schechter Day School's Stulman Auditorium. About 150 people attended and donated over fifty Rainbow Looms plus two big bags of Rainbow Loom rubber bands.  Families also spent time making meaningful cards with heartfelt messages about safety and peace to send along with the Rainbow Looms.

The Baltimore kids who came to the event to help understood that they were making a difference for the children in Israel.  A few families who had just returned from Israel openly shared their experiences and made it clear how important our help is at this difficult time.  

Reut, An Israel Education Associate at the CJE, attended the event. She was deeply touched and said: It was emotionally exciting to see our community - adults and kids - sharing the same common goals, of being there for Israel and its citizens. As an Israeli, being away from home at such a crucial time makes me feel lonely. Yesterday at the Rainbow Loom Family Project, I was no longer alone. I felt that the community shared my feelings and my desire to help. Yesterday, I have learned firsthand the meaning of “Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Lazeh” - "All of us are responsible for one another." 

If you were unable to come to the event, please feel free to drop off a rainbow loom and/or rubber bands at the donation box at Chizuk Amuno by the guard - now through August 1st. All donations will be sent directly to Israel.

Let’s stand together as a Baltimore Jewish community during this time of crisis in Israel and send rainbows from our families to their families.

 

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CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. www.associated.org